In France, the period of validity of the vaccination certificate and the recovery certificate is reduced from six to four months. A simple negative test no longer allows access to most public places.
For trips to France
The bill establishing the “vaccination pass”, adopted by the National Assembly on January 16, entered into force on January 24. This device, which succeeds the health pass, does not change the travel conditions of people vaccinated or immunized after an infection. For the non-vaccinated, on the other hand, the negative test is no longer accepted anywhere or almost. The proof of vaccination and the recovery certificate are the only two documents allowing access to most public places (interregional transport, restaurants, museums, etc.). It concerns all French people aged 16 and over. Children aged 12 to 15 remain subject to the health pass and can therefore continue to use a negative test.
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The places subject to the vaccination pass are the same as those already subject to the health pass. For your leisure, it is:
- From tourist accommodation such as campsites and holiday centres, with a single check at the start of the stay. In the hotels, customers do not have to present a vaccination pass unless they access activities listed by law (restaurant, bar, gym, swimming pool, spa, etc.). It is not compulsory for room service, nor for breakfast if it is accessible only to hotel guests;
- From restaurants and the bars ;
- From interregional public transportnamely the cars long distance, the planes (domestic flights only, those to Corsica and overseas territories remaining subject to the health pass) and trains (TGV inOui, Ouigo, Intercités and night trains). Non-vaccinated people can nevertheless use means of transport provided they have a compelling family or health reason and have a negative test less than 24 hours old;
- From lifts ;
- From ships and cruise ships ;
- The hobbies (cinemas, museums, performance halls, etc.).
To maintain the validity of the vaccination pass, it is necessary to be up to date with your vaccination against Covid-19. Since January 15, French people over the age of 18 who have not received a vaccine booster seven months after their last injection (two doses) or Covid-19 infection have had their health pass deactivated. From February 15, this period will be reduced to four months (3 months for eligibility for the recall, plus 1 month of additional time to complete the recall). The site monrappelvaccincovid.ameli.fr, set up by Health Insurance, allows you to know the expiry date of your pass if you do not make the reminder.
Note: when you receive a booster dose, you have to wait seven days before the new QR code is activated. What to do if you have been infected with Covid-19 after your vaccination? “People who tested positive for Covid-19 before they were able to receive their booster dose can use their certificate of recovery [c’est-à-dire leur test positif, NDLR] so that their ‘sanitary pass’ remains valid while waiting for their recall. It is nevertheless recommended to do your booster from three months after your infection“, Details the government website. From February 15, this certificate of reinstatement will be valid for four months (instead of six).
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For trips abroad
If the rules change at the national level, they remain independent of those which govern travel in Europe and elsewhere in the world. In the European Union, since February 1, 2022, the validity of the vaccination certificate is limited to 270 days (nine months) after the complete vaccination schedule. The European Commission specifies that this is a maximum duration: some States may decide to reduce it further, like France, therefore, from February 15 (four months instead of nine).
Some people, especially those who were vaccinated between seven and nine months ago, could still claim their vaccination certificate for their trips to the EU… but not to France. Outside the European Union, the period of validity of the vaccination certificate (but also of the recovery certificate) depends on each country. To enter Israel, for example, it is necessary that the last dose was administered less than 180 days (six months) before entering the territory. It is important to check the rules in force in each country by consulting our map or the France Diplomatie website.
Published on January 14, this article is subject to regular updates.